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How can You Uninstall Programs on macOS Sierra

Written by John

Unlike in Windows where uninstalling a program takes a long process, uninstalling a programs in macOS Sierra is pretty easy. Just drag the icon into the trash bin or right click on it and choose to move to trash. The problem comes when a user wants to uninstall built-in system apps that do not have shortcuts. There is no icon to drag around. What should you do?

You should note that placing a programs in the trash bin does not remove it from the computer nor reduce the space it occupies. The programs are just deleted; not uninstalled. To uninstall programs and remove all the data from the app from your computer and free up storage space, you need to uninstall it. But how can you uninstall programs on macOS Sierra? Here are the options you have:

Uninstall Programs from the Finder

What this will achieve is actually deleting the application. The main advantage of this is that you can restore the application when you need it later. Here is how you can do this.

1. Open a Finder window.

2. Locate Applications Folder on the sidebar and click on it. Alternatively, open the spotlight and search for Applications Folder.

3. Find the app you want to delete from the list. Drag its icon to the Trash icon located on the Dock.

4. You will be asked to enter your username and password to confirm the deletion. Do this and press the OK button.

5. macOS Sierra will move the application to the Trash.

Uninstall Programs from the Finder

If you would like to permanently delete the app, right-click on the Trash icon on the dock and click on the Empty Trash’ option. Confirm the action and the app will be uninstalled from your mac.

Uninstall Programs from Launchpad

To use this method you will be required to open Launchpad. It is important to note that a program deleted this way is lost forever. It is not saved in the Trash where you can find it later.

Uninstall Programs from Launchpad

1. Click on the Launchpad icon on the doc or search for Launchpad using Spotlight.

2. Once the Launchpad is open, click and hold on the icon of the app you want to delete. The icon will soon start shaking. When this happens, click the X’ button.

3. Confirm to delete and the app will be removed from your mac.

Uninstall programs that are not on the Applications folder and Launchpad

There are some programs that will not be visible in either of the above mentioned locations. There is no control panel to help you locate them easily like in Windows and they do not have shortcuts. What should you do?

The solution is actually very simple. The how on uninstalling the application differs from one app to the other. To find out how to remove the particular application you would like just search online and you will find a suitable solution. These will range from installing a separate uninstaller app to other methods. Just be sure to specify the application you want to uninstall in the search phrase.

Uninstall programs that are not on the Applications folder

Be careful to avoid being duped by online scams. Only trust information from reliable sources especially when you are required to download something.

Removing an item from System Preferences

Third-party apps are likely to create custom panes within the macOS Siera system preferences. Uninstalling the app may or may not remove the pane from the system preferences. When the latter is the case, click on the Apple icon on the taskbar and select System Preferences.’

Removing an item from System Preferences

Right click on the item you want gone and hold the mouse over it. Click on Remove Preference Pane.

Completely Uninstall Programs on macOS

Most of the above methods will remove the program from the Mac. But what about the files and data the program had created? They will be left behind still filling up your storage space. This is where a Mac Uninstaller app comes in.

Uninstaller app

Such an app will not only remove a program from the computer but also clean up any leftovers the program leaves behind.

A good choice is CleanMyMac 3 which is a free trial and does a perfect job. It ensures that when you remove an app from your Mac, nothing associated with the program is left in your mac.

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